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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Miles Right, Oct 5, 2008.

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  1. Miles Right

    Miles Right Thread Starter

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    Can somebody please explain this to me? When i check to see how much my disc is defragmented i get a list of files that are defragmented, many of wwhich i haven't used since I last defraged. Why has the pc taken it upon itself to move about files that WERE defragemnted and which i haven't used. Surely this is taking up resources whilst the pc is attending to the tasks I WANT it to do?

    Any Answers please?

    thanks:confused:
     
  2. HCD

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    The PC seeks to rearrange clusters of data on an ongoing basis. It shifts data bits around every time it performs a function for you - often moving bits of files that aren't in use in order to create space for filling gaps with new data or files.

    Might not answer all your question but you might try the following links.

    http://divp-proj.org/archives/2008/07/16/defragmentation-explained/. This deals with generic subject.

    http://www.diskmagik.com/frag.html. This gives you some detail that might leave you with too much....!
     
  3. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    The PC does not rearrange data on an on going basis.

    Any new files have a chance of being fragmented, as well as any files that were updated.

    But, files not involved in these types of operations do not just arbitrarily get moved around by windows.

    Miles Right
    If these are system files there is chance they have been involved in defrag operations that occur on a minimum of every 3 days when the PC is idle, and is being done in an attempt to optimize the startup of applications as well as boot up. There is chance that as a result of this that some files were not completedly defragged.
    OR, the files you are seeing as still fragmented, were in that state at the end of the last defrag.
     
  4. fairnooks

    fairnooks Banned

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    Windows Vista Disk Defragmenter is on and set to a schedule by default so actually it depends on what the definition of "PC" is and what the situation is, as to whether data is being rearranged (optimized) on an ongoing basis.
     
  5. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    Fair enough, but the comment I was responding to was indicating that Windows was doing this "rearranging" "every time it performs a function for you - often moving bits of files that aren't in use in order to create space for filling gaps with new data or files."
     
  6. RootbeaR

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    This is also XP forum. So, without further input from OP, we must assume XP and not Vista.
     
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